École Isabella Dicken Elementary School (EIDES) hosted an alternative graduation ceremony for their grade sixes on June 19.
Unable to hold their traditional graduation assembly due to pandemic regulations, staff organized the a symbolic walk to celebrate their student’s transition to high school.
Following an assembly hosted over Zoom, where parents tuned in as staff read out award recipients, the grade sixes walked from EIDES to Fernie Secondary School (FSS) as staff and students lined the track, cheering, blasting music, and holding up congratulatory signs. Prevented from attending due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graduate’s parents dropped off colourful signs, streamers, and balloons to adorn the sides of the track.
“We wanted to do something special for our grade sixes because they missed out on a lot this year,” said principal Nicole Neufeld. “The end of grade six usually sees a lot of special events that this year’s students didn’t get to participate in. That’s why we thought of the idea of doing the symbolic walk, sending them off on their way, cheering them on with signs.”
Upon reaching the end of the track, students received their graduation certificates, covered in special stickers representing the events participated in throughout the year. Also at the end of the celebratory walk was an awards table, where select students received medals for achievements such as academic excellence, excellence in citizenship, excellence in fine art, and outstanding improvement. Traditional trophies were also given out for this year’s all around athletes, all around students, literacy award recipients, and math achievement award winners, among others.
EIDES would like to congradulate each of their 69 graduating grade sixes, wishing them the best of luck as they continue their academic journey into high school.